What Is a University?
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The aspirations that professors have for their students are critiqued in this analysis of modern universities. Noting the deterioration in the quality of a college education, it is argued that the universal ideal of wisdom has, in recent decades, been sacrificed for the mere acquisition of knowledge. A case is made for universities to rethink what they take for granted as a proper education and incorporate not only traditional subject matters—philosophy, science, literature, and art—but also the philosophies of life, nature, time, food, sex, and death.
Peter Milward is a professor emeritus of English literature and Western culture at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and the director of the Renaissance Institute, Tokyo. He is the author of The Catholicism of Shakespeare's Plays, A Commentary on the Sonnets of G. M. Hopkins, and Shakespeare's Religious Background.
"Makes clear society and the individual student are impoverished by an education that neglects spiritual realities and moral values." Church of England Newspaper